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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Cute, but unfortunately out of focus. For whatever reason your autofocus decided to focus the grass in the extreme foreground.
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
I love this shot. Excellent colours and I like the very narrow focus on this.
I am not a great fan of textures though - in fact I think the only effect more overused is the selective colour in a b/w image trick. Urgh. Way to destroy a perfectly good photograph, 99% of the time.
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Cute, but unfortunately out of focus. For whatever reason your autofocus decided to focus the grass in the extreme foreground.
Which is odd because the facial tracking feature works on dogs, too, and claimed to know where her face was at the time.
     
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Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
I really like this shot. The composition is excellent, the way the road flows into the bottom right of the shot, and the way sky/clouds draw the eye to the top left is well done. I might have warmed white balance a little, even if the shot truly represents the white balance of the shot, I still like a warm white balance on outdoor shoots. And it would also be nice to see if cropping a little off the top and moving the horizon towards the center of the image (rule breakage, I know). Did you use a polarizing filter?

A shot I took last week. It truly represents the sky that evening. I did no PS work other than convert from RAW to jpg.

     
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@IceMan
Great shot. Especially the arrow indicating the flow and emphasizing the structure of the street. Railroader's idea to warm up the shot is good, but that wholly depends on the look and the emotion you want to go for.

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That's the way I like it. I would crop a little of the top (just neutral black with nothing there to see), not every photo must be 3:2 or 4:3. I would probably crop as much from the top to match the black on the bottom.
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Wow, Railroader, that's a wonderful shot. It implies strong weather, and lots of it, and yet that hole in the clouds at the center provides a great contrast. The colors are great, too.

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Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
I really like that shot.

I love the way the arrow kind of helps direct the lines, and seems to be guiding the storm system along its path. It's a small thing, but I'm glad you included it in the composition.
     
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May 25, 2008, 11:44 PM
 
Thanks for the kind words guys! And Tesselator, he's Mastrap, not what you said.

I did a little shooting today with a 2005 Subaru WRX STi. We went to Miami and I think it went okay, though we got distracted a little bit when we went for a bite to eat at LA SANDWICHERIE on the beach.

I'll post some after I have a chance to look them over.
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Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
I love what you did to the city buildings there in that lower shot!..

thanks, all I did though was bracket 4 or so photos and merge them, fiddle with some settings, done.
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Nice.

Too bad the car is in the shade.

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Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
Heh. Looks like scale model with a big-ass handle to carry it to the playroom with.
     
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Strong work, Ice. Were I the client I'd expect the logo to be more readable.
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Strong work, Ice. Were I the client I'd expect the logo to be more readable.
He's more of a friend than a client.

AND I now realize I didn't mention him pretty much running me over yesterday. For serious, I was taking a photo of a Cadillac on South Beach, and I was kneeling in front of the Subaru in an alley. A car came up behind the Subaru and my friend must have lost his brain because he started pulling up(about 2 feet) and kinda folded me in half . I dropped my sunglasses, ALMOST dropped my camera(hand grip-strap!), and hurt somethin' in my hip area. It's feeling a little better today and I'm sure it'll be better-better tomorrow. But still, my idiot non-paying for awesome photos friend almost ran me over.

Again thanks for the kind words. : )
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Originally Posted by AKcrab View Post
Summer in Alaska:
Click for larger. The full detail is interesting.
We had some insect issues in Elk Rapids, MI last weekend at the cottage.




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May 29, 2008, 01:59 AM
 
Here's a photo I took a few weeks ago in Elkhart, IN at Ox Bow Park. Some Amish men were playing a game of softball.

     
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Stop. Posting. Pictures. Of. INSECTS!

Yeaaarrrghghhgh!

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Railroader, that's pretty crisp. Nice job on catching what looks like a good hit too.
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Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
Here's a photo I took a few weeks ago in Elkhart, IN at Ox Bow Park. Some Amish men were playing a game of softball.

Lovely shot. Perfect timing.
     
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Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
I like the composition of this shot and the posing of the model, but the vignetting needs work. If it were a bit more subtle and evenly done all around the shot it would look great.

A panoramic of a scenic look out at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire, MI

(click for HUGE version)


EDIT: Here's a link to a couple more panoramic shots I have been working on.
sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Panoramic Shots- powered by SmugMug
     
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Originally Posted by Railroader View Post
I like the composition of this shot and the posing of the model, but the vignetting needs work. If it were a bit more subtle and evenly done all around the shot it would look great.

Thanks, and I hear ya on the vignette. I'm working on it for the print.
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Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
I don't know what those are called in English but those look like haneari in Japanese
(AKA Shioari) and are a kind of termite. Very destructive! You need to spray soon. Also
they have a poisonous chemical in their butts and tiny injector tube sticking up from
the tip of their butts that if it gets you can cause quite a welt.

Again I couldn't find any info in english but getting rid of them is only difficult, not
impossible. �V���A���쏜���Z���^�[�^�����ŏo����V���A� �쏜�@��Љ�@���}�g�V��� A�����ރ}�j���A��(�U�z @)

Here's some pics of the different classes within a nest: �V���A���쏜���Z���^�[�^�����ŏo����V���A� �쏜�@��Љ�@�V���A���̓ ��Ǝ�ɂ��Ⴂ
of two different types of them.

That rocks! Talk about time lapse photography... That's like a 75 year lapse.
You're way off on the bugs. Completely harmless. You bump into them and the die If any part of your body casually touches the bugs, then the bugs drop dead, not you*. No stingers or bitting parts. Only last a day or two anyway. Basically like a dark mayfly without the long tails.

And lastly, please, STOP REFORMATTING MY TEXT!!!






* Edited to make myself look less idiotic.
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Originally Posted by Railroader
You bump into them and the die.
I’m sorry, was that, “You bump into them and then die” or, “You bump into them and they die”?

Slightly affects whether I agree with you on the “completely harmless” part.
     
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Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
I’m sorry, was that, “You bump into them and then die” or, “You bump into them and they die”?

Slightly affects whether I agree with you on the “completely harmless” part.
I see your point. I will edit my post.

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[ Nevermind. I wasted too much time. I want this thread to stay on track. ]

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I was taking a stroll through Chinatown during my lunch hour when I noticed a homeless guy passed out on the stairs to a block of apartments. A passing stranger took his pulse to make sure that he was ok/alive.

     
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I thought about cropping it tighter. But I like the look on the guy's face on the right.
     
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Yup! Definitely adds projectable mood!

I was thinking more like what got cropped already? It's not a medium format
squarish frame originally is it?
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Originally Posted by Tesselator View Post
It's not a medium format
squarish frame originally is it?
Yes, it is. I shoot pretty much all of my street photography square format.
     
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Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Yes, it is. I shoot pretty much all of my street photography square format.
Back before my wife and I decided to become poor have a child, I had been looking into medium format SLRs. I can't seem to find anything about them now. Are you using an SLR of some kind, or the more traditional Hassleblad-style camera?

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Back before my wife and I decided to become poor have a child, I had been looking into medium format SLRs. I can't seem to find anything about them now. Are you using an SLR of some kind, or the more traditional Hassleblad-style camera?
No, it's shot with a Ricoh GR Digital II. It a specialist little camera, with a fixed lens and features such as b/w composing, square format shooting and snap focus, where the camera is set to a specific focus point before shooting. This saves time, especially in street photography where seconds count. With the focus set to about 8 ft and the aperture closed down you have pretty much continuous focus from 3 ft to infinity.
     
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Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
Back before my wife and I decided to become poor have a child, I had been looking into medium format SLRs. I can't seem to find anything about them now. Are you using an SLR of some kind, or the more traditional Hassleblad-style camera?
Please, keep this thread on topic!
     
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Guys, let's have some photos and discussion thereof. The meta-convo about derailing is itself derailing the thread, I think. Can we try getting back to business as usual?
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The meta-convo about derailing is itself derailing the thread, I think.
It got a mod to finally step in didn't it?
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Can we try getting back to business as usual?
Sure.

Here's a shot from a shoot I did a couple days ago. It's not what I would normally show a traditional customer, but I try to shoot candids of kids during shoots and find that the more artistic clients prefer them to traditional posed shots.

     
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I like the energy. It is very much a slice of life, but I think I would have liked to see just a little more of the face.
     
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My first pic worth sharing from my new Rebel Xsi & kit lens.

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It's not showing up here. Bad url?
It appears I cannot link directly to images on Picassa. Post updated with link to web page.
     
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conspiracy at work, stay tuned
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Approx 200 offtopic posts removed (thread length decreased by 4 pages). I've removed anything that drifted too far from specific pictures, or how they were taken. As Railroader outlined in the original post, this is a photographs & photo-critique thread. Please take off-topic discussion somewhere more suitable.
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A big thanks to reader for putting in a lot of time to salvage the thread. Remember Railroader's original thread rules, with one addition: don't post any more than three pictures at once. (This also implies back-to-back posts just to get in more photos.)
     
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Due to some very stressful and hard work by reader50 to clean up this thread (along with a couple requests to return), I'll give this thread another chance. Thanks guys, we give you a hard time, but you guys do have some pretty thankless jobs. Kudos!

Originally Posted by ARENA View Post
I had to dig a couple pages back to find a picture that wasn't commented upon and I found the one above. I think most people are afraid to critique ARENA's work because it is so good. And this picture is no exception. I love the framing of the goal and the positioning of the ball. The colors are very striking and appealing. Depth of field is perfect. Rule of thirds? Check! One tiny, (and I loathe even using the word), mistake is the slight lean of the grass field. But then, if that were fixed, the shot might look fake. I'd hang this shot up one an art wall in my home.

I took a trip to Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens today to do some flower macro shots. These two shots really stuck out for me.

This is one wild flower. I almost missed it. The conservatory is so packed with gems such as these that it is easy to miss a lot.


My wife has chosen this one as her desktop picture. I am a little uneasy about it, it seems a little bland, but she loves the color and the details.


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Better with more water?
     
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Originally Posted by AKcrab View Post

Better with more water?
Brrrr...

Are those from the same image? Different crops I mean. A happy medium of the two would look best in my opinion. In the top image the ice chunk is too low in the frame and is distracting. If it were higher in the frame it would look better. I like the wide aspect ratio over the more square one. Landscape shots rarely look good in a square/portrait frame.
     
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Crop adjusted a tad.

You're right. The bigger ice chunk looked strange when cropped that far. I think the 'happy medium' is best.

I have some glacier shots that I'm tempted to post, but the photos just don't portray the actual subject. It's hard when there is nothing in the frame to give you some sense of scale, and since I don't have a SLR, the colors don't seem to come out quite right. Maybe I'll post some just to see if there are some suggestions on how to make them better. It sucks when you have a fabulous subject, but can't seem to capture it.

We sell Canon cameras where I work, but I just can't squeeze a SLR into my budget right now.
     
 
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